“Anyone can get a badge,” Elizabeth Lange said. “You can go online and get badges. Anyone can say they’re a cop.”
That is why people with questions about someone claiming to be a plainclothes deputy need to ask for more, Malagon said.
“The badge means nothing unless there is an identification card that goes with it,” he said. “A photo ID.” (more here)
We say: While you at it, go ahead and add a few security features to the photo ID card to ensure authentication.